Only large-scale foreign investors that will be allowed to invest in e-commerce sector.
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution Arief Kamaludin|KATADATA

KATADATA - Indonesian government is finalizing a roadmap on e-commerce to create a more efficient logistics system from rural to urban areas. Coordinating Minister for Econmic Affairs Darmin Nasution said after a meeting in his office last week that e-commerce will help boost the sale of agricultural products without significantly increasing the price at consumer level.

Darmin also added that the new regulation that will be proposed to President Joko Widodo will only allow large-scale foreign investors to invest in e-commerce sector. Investment below IDR10 billion will be closed to foreign investors to protect micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME). “This is only a first step to coordinate the partnership between various ministries and institutions. We have discussed the roadmap. We will implement it gradually regardless of whether it will be approved or not,” he said.

The meeting was attended by the Head of the National Development Planning Sofyan Djalil, Trade Minister Thomas Trikasih Lembong, Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara, Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, and Head of the Creative Economy Agency Triawan. According to Rudiantara, there are 31 e-commerce products that will be proposed to be included in the roadmap.

The government will immediately appoint officers at the Program Management Unit in each coordinating ministy to facilitate the plan. “Tax rule will apply. Final (income tax) of one percent. There will be e-commerce MSME tax,” said Rudi.

Desy Setyowati